Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2019

5:15 – 7 p.m. – Waimea School Cafeteria
Always First Thursdays

September 5
October 3
November 7
No December Meeting

There is no charge to attend WCA Town Meetings and everyone is welcome. However, membership is encouraged and supports our not-for-profits’ modest operating expenses. (We are all volunteers so overhead is extremely low.)

WCA Membership: Dues $15/person; $25/family/year. Please join!

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Community Calendar

August 2019 

NEED HELP?  If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). You can also go to https://www.speakingofsuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources.  Or: Text 741741. There is help and it will get better.

JOIN WAIMEA’S QI GONG PRACTITIONERS FOR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING:  7-8 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Anna Ranch overlooking the stream.  All invited – free.  Join in learning this ancient healing and wellness technique for gentle moving meditation.  Dress comfortably.  Info: email Steve Bess at lawbess@aol.com or Jan Marrack at janmarrack@hotmail.com, or call Steve Bess (987-9192).

ANNUNCIATION FOOD PANTRY:  9-11 a.m., Tuesdays.  Volunteers prepare food boxes for community members in need – usually one box a month.  Donations and volunteers welcome, including fresh vegetables and fruit.  Info: Ann Lum email: thelums@aol.com.

WEDNESDAY MID-WEEK FARMERS’ MARKET AT PUKALANI STABLES:  9 a.m.-3 p.m. Features a large variety of locally grown, raised and produced products, including coffee from around the state, local organic produce, island honey, handmade soaps, free range grass fed beef, handmade jewelry, crafts, plenty of snacks, a variety of hot plate lunches and gifts.

WAIMEA TOWN MEETING:  5:15-7 p.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019.  Waimea School Cafeteria.  All invited.  Will include a briefing on the newly approved Hawai’i County Budget with County Finance Director Deanna Sako, plus public safety updates, reports on County Council business and more.  Free.   

WEEKLY COMMUNITY MEAL @ ST. JAMES:  4:30-6 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church – all invited!  Made possible thanks to the generosity of many Waimea farms, ranches and businesses and dozens of volunteers!  NOTE: On Thanksgiving Day, the meal will be served at Noon instead of 4:30 p.m. and the turkey and cranberry sauce will be provided; for Thanksgiving only, everyone is asked to bring a potluck dish to share.  This project is presented in partnership with the Big Island Giving Tree, whose volunteers deliver warm, fresh-from-scratch meals to kupuna and homeless/houseless individuals and families.  Donations and volunteer help are always welcome: eat@stjameshawaii.org.


WAIMEA HOMESTEAD FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m.-Noon. Relocated to the lawn and gravel lot fronting Thelma Parker Memorial Gym and Library.  Features a wide array of locally grown vegetables and fruit, plus flowers, lei, jams, mac nuts, coffee, teas and hand-made gifts. Info: 333-2165 or go to:  Facebook.com/WaimeaHomesteadFarmersMarket

  • WAIMEA TOWN MARKET: 7:30 a.m. – Noon at Parker School.  Features locally grown and produced vegetables, fruit, freshly baked artisan breads and pastries, tea, coffee, cheeses, mac nuts, jams and more. Also, eight chefs on hand to prepare a special breakfast or lunch entrée every Saturday. Info: Paul Johnston, 887-0023

  • KUHIO HALE FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kuhio Hale (Hawaiian Homes Hall front lawn). Features locally grown vegetables, fruit, plants, food, pickled items, arts and crafts plus Iokia Lomilomi and Javaloha Coffee.  Info: Dan Manuel. 882-0403.

  • KAMUELA FARMERS MARKET: 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Historic Pukalani Stables.  Features prepared foods, vegetables, landscaping plants, herbs, orchids, coffee, cacao, baked goods, soaps and wood items.  Info: Stacy Aurway, 960-1493:  kamuelafarmersmarket@gmail.com

WAIMEA ‘WALK WITH A DOC’ PROGRAM EVERY SATURDAY OPEN TO ALL:  8-9 a.m. every Saturday at Pukalani Stables.  An hour-long walk-and-talk sponsored by North Hawai’i Community Hospital’s Native Hawaiian Health Program with Dr. Natalie Kehau Kong.  Includes discussion of health issues facing Native Hawaiians and many others in our community. Participants urged to check with their primary care provider before walking if there are health concerns.  Comfortable walking shoes and bringing an umbrella is recommended as as the walk with be held, rain or shine. No sign up required.  Questions? Call 881-4432 or email Liana Iaea Honda at: LiHonda@Queens.org

OBON SEASON IN NORTH HAWAI’I!  Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom which dates back more than 500 years. The dates of the Obon dances are important since according to Japanese lore, June – August is when ancestor spirits return to visit family and friends.  Various local hongwanjis invite everyone to come join this tradition of celebrating the lives of those who have come before. All welcome!  The dances are easy to learn if you’re new to this.


Saturday, August 3: Hāwī Jodo Mission, 6 pm following 5:30 pm (775-0965)

Saturday, August 3: Paʻauilo Koganji Mission, 7 pm

Saturday, August 10: Hāmākua Jodo Mission, 7 pm following 6 pm service, 808-889-5456

Saturday, August 17: Kamuela Hongwanji, 7 pm.  All invited!

Saturday, August 17: Hakalau Jodo Mission, 7 pm, 808-966-9777

Saturday, August 24: Honokaʻa Hongwanji, 7 pm following 5:30 pm service, 808-775-7232


WAIMEA REGIONAL SAFETY STUDY CONTINUES – DOT/SSFM – FINAL PEL #7 MEETING:  5:30-7:3o p.m., Wed., Aug. 7, 2019.  Waimea School cafeteria.  DOT continues to work with the community using a Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) process, which emphasizes collaboration and integration during planning.  Prior PEL meetings were held in October 2018, December 2018, and two in March 2019 and then in May and June 2019.  Reports summarizing those meetings can be found at the project website below.  All input is welcome. Those who did not attend or missed one of the previous meetings, please review meeting summaries on the website. Community input encouraged.  More info: www.waimearegionalsafetystudy.com

LA’AU WAIMEA NATURE PARK VOLUNTEER WORK DAY:  9 a.m.-Noon, Saturdays, August 10 & 24, 2019.  Begins with a tour of the park for first timers. There are jobs for all ages and abilities; no knowledge of Hawaiian plants is necessary, they will happily train.  Homemade cookies offered when work is done.  Come dressed for working; tools provided.

THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT:  Hawai’i County General Plan Public SpeakOut – Waimea!  Sat., August 10, 2019

SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY MEETING:  9 a.m., Tues., August 13, 2019, and the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  Waimea Senior Center.  All persons 55+ invited to join – there is a $30 annual membership fee. Info: Pat Lewi, President (885-4307).

SOUTH KOHALA TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING:  4-5 p.m., Tues., August 13, 2019, and the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Thelma Parker Memorial Library Meeting Room.  Community urged to attend to learn about issues and provide input.  Info: Acting Chair: James Hustace – email: SKTSCsecretary@gmail.com.

WAIMEA TOASTMASTERS MEETING: 5:30-7 p.m., Wed., Aug. 14 & 28, 2019 and on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Hualalai conference room at Keck Observatory.  All are welcome.  Club Mission is to “provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.”  Info: VP of Membership Gail Lewis (937-9768) or go to http://waimeatoastmasters.toastmastersclubs.org.


NORTH HAWAII COMMUNITY HOSPITAL HOSTS MONTHLY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES: 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2019 and the last Thursday of each month.  No charge and no RSVP.  Provides educational presentations on a variety of topics of interest to cancer patients and their families, as well as informal discussion in a relaxed and supportive environment. The group will be facilitated by Corey McCullough, licensed social worker at NHCH, and Crissy Kuehn, RN, Cancer Center patient navigator at the hospital. Info: 881-4417.


FREE SMALL BUSINESS ADVISING SERVICES: The State of Hawai’i and US Small Business Administration partner up in the Hawai’i Small Business Development Center in West Hawai’i and elsewhere throughout the state to offer assistance with business plan development, financing packages, financial analysis, business startup and registration, site acquisition or expansion, business training, product development, and human resources management.  Info: Dennis Boyd, Director, West Hawaii Tel: 333.5000 or 854.4495.

WAIMEA COURT NOW ACCEPTING FILINGS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDERS:  Ex Parte Petitions for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) can now be dropped off at the South Kohala District Courthouse.  Petitioners do NOT have to go to Kona to file.  If you are a victim of domestic violence and desire to seek a restraining order, the forms are now available 24 hours every day at the Waimea police station at 67-5185 Kamamalu Street.  After hours, there is a phone next to the door that goes directly to dispatch (The sign says it’s for emergencies.  If you pick up the phone, you can ask for an officer to give you a TRO packet.  Petitioners can also request that their address and phone number be kept confidential.  There is a court form for that request included in the police packet.  It can be filled out along with the Petition for TRO and turned in together.  The forms are also available in the self-help section at the Waimea courthouse at 67-5187 Kamamalu Street.  Courthouse hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays thru Fridays except holidays.  More info: Call Community Police Officer May Lee at the Waimea police station (808) 887-3080.


7TH ANNUAL WAIMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL FUN RUN/WALK 4 THE ARTS 4 KIDS!   4 p.m., Fri., Sept. 6, 2019.  Begins at 4 p.m. in the cafeteria with Registration, Bingo and silent auction begin at 4 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  A family-friendly 3K fun run/walk, auction & Blue Zone-friendly dinner for the entire school-community to benefit WMS’ K(Arts) after-school program.  $10 per family entry fee and the first 50 WMS families signing up automatically will receive a used Chromebook (a mini-laptop) to take home – good for a year as a mahalo gift!   Chromebooks available for pickup after walk/run during silent auction. Must be present to receive Chromebook.  K(Arts) is now in its 13th year in partnership with Kahilu Theatre, providing an exciting, challenging array of arts classes – from hula, taiko and ‘ukulele to hip hop, photography and choral singing. Tempting auction items  include gift baskets, staycations and gift certificates for everything from KTA and Tropical Dreams Ice Cream to artisanal bakery pleasures and archery.  All funds raised to to K(Arts).  More info: www.WaimeaMiddleSchool.org.

‘TASTE OF THE HAWAIIAN RANGE’:  Sat., Sept. 7, 2019.  Mana Christian ‘Ohana (Kahilu Town Hall) – – sprawling inside and out, first with a free family-friendly agricultural festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and then gala food feast from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Begins with the free Taste Agriculture Festival that will include educational exhibits under the big top and vendors offering products using locally sourced plants and animals. Attendees can view livestock provided by 4-H and horseback rides will be available for a nominal fee.  Youth can visit the free Keiki Farm Hands tent sponsored by the Hawai’i Farm Bureau. Children can pedal their own kid-sized tractor, use tiny farm tools, plant a seed to take home and grow, plus “milk” a hand-painted replica of a Holstein cow. In addition, there will be a display of live chicks and thriving vegetable plants displayed with the food they provide.  Admission is also free to the annual Cooking Pasture-Raised Beef 101 demonstration with sampling from 2:30-4 p.m. in the nearby MCO classrooms.  This year’s presenter is Jacqueline Lau, chef/culinary specialist with HFM Foodservice, A Sysco Company.  Come evening, top island chefs from around the island will prepare and serve tastings of locally produced, pasture-raised meats – beef, lamb and pork – at 20 culinary stations including locally-inspired desserts. Guests will also enjoy an array of non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets for the evening gala are $50 at Parker Ranch Store and at www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com.  Anyone requiring auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate is asked to contact Susan at 808-969-8258 no later than August 7, 2019.

HAWAI’I ISLAND FESTIVAL – ANNUAL POKE CONTEST:  Sat., Sept. 7, 2019.  Waikoloa Beach Resort and Spa.  More info to come.

NOT TO BE MISSED:  PANIOLO PRESERVATION SOCIETY PRESENTS ‘OLE HAWAI’I ON HORSEBACK’:  10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat., Sept. 14, 2019.  Waiki’i Ranch Polo Grounds.  This re-creation of this priceless pageant that tells the story of our paniolo heritage with more than 60 riders on horseback will culminate an 18-month celebration by PPS honoring Na Wahine Holo Lio — the unheralded mothers, wives, grandmothers, great grandmothers, sisters, aunts and even Hawai’i monarchs such as Queen Emma and Princess Ka’iulani who contributed so significantly to the nearly 170-plus-year-old ranching legacy of Hawai’i.  Entertainer John Cruz will open the event from 10-11, followed by magnificently costumed riders on horseback – many of them among the state’s most accomplished horsemen and horsewomen – depicting historic moments in the state’s ranching history – from the arrival of the first cattle and horses forward to a glimpse of ranching life today.  Tickets $30 in advance; $35 at the gate.  Free for children 12 and under.  Advance sales online – go to www.PanioloPreservation.org.  This is an alcohol and drug-free event; no coolers please but there will be food and beverage vendors.  Info: 808-769-2512.

HAWAII ISLAND FESTIVAL – ANNUAL WAIMEA PANIOLO PARADE & ALL-DAY HO’OLAULE’A:  Sat., Sept. 21, 2109.  Parade begins at 10 a.m. in historic Church Row Park and goes to Waimea Park with a Royal Court, pa’u units and more.  All invited!  Followed by all-afternoon ho’olaule’a in the park with superb entertainment, lots of vendors and food galore.  More info to come.


WAIMEA FALL FESTIVAL (Formerly Pumpkin Patch):  Sat., Oct. 12, 2019 at  the Waimea District Park Complex.   More info to come.  Info:  Waimea Athletics.


10th ANNUAL WAIKOLOA WALK/RUN FOR LITERACY:  Sat., Nov. 9, 2019.  Waikoloa School.  7:30 a.m. Walk/Run start from the parking lot; 8:30-Noon Health Fair in the cafeteria w/ health screenings, fitness demos and more.  7:30-11 a.m. Silent Auction in cafeteria.  Family friendly and all invited.  More info and to register go to flwr-runforliteracy.com.


2nd “WE ARE COMMUNITY!” RESOURCE FAIR:  5-7 p.m., Wed., Dec. 4, 2019.  Sponsored by Waimea Middle School in its new STEAM Learning Center.  Free and the entire community is invited to participate in a gallery walk of caring community support programs, services and opportunities for the entire family – from keiki to kupuna!  Will feature many Waimea community service groups – from health care and dental services to free thrift shop coupons, from North Hawaii Community Hospital to Hawaii Community College programs, from reading to suicide prevention, substance abuse to vaping, safe use of social media, Blue Zones ‘Living Longer Better” recipes and programs, to diabetes prevention, from youth mentoring to kupuna programs.  Light refreshments and everyone who gets their passport stamped will take home a free bag of food from the Food Basket!  No RSVP, just come!

59th ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE: Sat., Dec. 7, 2019.  5:30-7 p.m.  All invited to attend and participate with lighted units!  Parade supports The Big Island Giving Tree to ensure no one is left behind during the holiday season. More info, parade rules and application: http://waimeatown.org/?page_id=4539

For More Information: Go to www.Waimeatown.org or contact Lani Olsen-Chong email: olsenchong@gmail.com, (936-0670), or Kalae Kawamura email: k_kawamura92@yahoo.com (936-4376.

2019 Christmas Parade Theme:  “Our Community…Our Kuleana At Christmas and Always!

Grand Marshal:  Leningrad Elarionoff

Traffic Advisory:  The main drive through Waimea town will be closed from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the parade and only emergency vehicles will be permitted to pass through.  The community is encourage to plan ahead to avoid tie-ups.